Simons conducts The Queen of Spades with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.

- Heidenheim Opera Festival, 13 and 17 July 2019 -


Marijn Simons: composer, conductor

In all of his performances, whether in classical, romantic or the contemporary repertoire, the Dutch conductor Marijn Simons (1982) projects his passion for music on the audiences and musicians.

Since 2012 Simons has been an Assistant Conductor at the Opera Festival in Heidenheim conducting every year highly successful opera performances with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.

Simons is also Conductor and Artistic Director of the Simons Ensemble. He founded this ensemble in 2010 for performing projects with contemporary music. The Simons Ensemble has performed on the national Dutch television, released a CD with Simons’ compositions and has given the Dutch première of the rarely performed “Times Beach” by Frank Zappa.

Simons has conducted amongst others the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie (Koblenz), Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Konstanz), Orquesta Sinfónica del IPN (Mexico City), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, National Radio Chamber Orchestra (Bucharest), State Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu and the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. With the Kharkiv Philharmonic Simons conducted the first performance in Ukraine of Mahler’s Symphony no. 1 to include the symphonic movement “Blumine”. Future engagements include conducting his own Symphony no. 3 during the Enescu Festival in 2021.

Besides his conducting career Simons is also an internationally acclaimed composer. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by such conductors and soloists as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Peter Eötvös, James MacMillan, Christian Lindberg, Evelyn Glennie, Colin Currie and by orchestras and ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. His works have had premières in famous concert venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), National Centre for the Arts (Mexico City) and the Hanoi Opera House.

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“Simons’ Heidenheim performance of Wagner’s ‘Der fliegende Holländer’ was dramatic and exciting, beautifully paced and sensitive to both the voices and orchestral sonority. What is more, it was insightful, bringing new dimensions to a work one knows but in his interpretation rediscovers, as if for the first time.” - Dr. Christopher Hailey (Princeton Professor and Musicologist, Director of the Franz Schreker Foundation)


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Simons Conducts Simons

CD - Quintone, Q 10004

Simons - The Legend of Kwahkaazuh
Simons - Five (concert version)
Simons - Bas Continues

Simons Ensemble - Marijn Simons, conductor

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Secret Notes

SACD - NorthWest Classics, NWC 412152 | SACD Hybrid

Simons - Secret Notes
Simons - A Tí Te Toca
Simons - Symphony No. 1
Marijn Simons, violin
Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
James MacMillan, conductor
Anna and Ines Walachowski, piano duo
Aachen Symphony Orchestra
Marcus R. Bosch, conductor
The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin Sieghart, conductor

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Cuddly Animals

CD - Etcetera, KTC 1219

Simons - Cuddly Animals
Simons - String Quartet no. 2
Simons - Capriccio for Stan & Ollie (for nine players)
Marijn Simons, violin
Holland Wind Players
Jeroen Weierink, conductor
Mondriaan Quartet

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Capriccio for Stan and Ollie

CD - Erasmus Project 226, Music & Media by Erasmus

Ravel - Sonate
Stravinsky - Duo Concertant
Manneke - La mélodie passagère
Simons - Capriccio for Stan & Ollie (for violin and piano)
Marijn Simons, violin
Jet Janssen, piano

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Hora Cera

CD - Sony Classical, 88875143462

Salgán - A Don Agustín Bardi (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Escualo (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Duo De Amor (arr. Marijn Simons)
Piazzolla - Calambre (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Lunfardo (arr. Harold Noben)
Carli - La Diquera (arr. José Carli & David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Pedro Y Pedro (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Decarísimo (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Soledad (arr. Ludwig Quandt)
Carli - Para Osvaldo Tarantino
Piazzolla - Revirado (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Libertango (arr. José Carli)
Piazzolla - Buenos Aires Hora Cero (arr. Harold Noben)
Piazzolla - Caliente (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Revirado (arr. David Riniker)
Stafano - Milonguita (arr. David Riniker)
Piazzolla - Tres Minutos Con La Realidad (arr. David Riniker)

12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

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1 Gram of Time

CD - Amstel Records, 004

Keuris - Kwartet
Kerger - Schneelicht – bebend weiss
Twaalfhoven - 1 Gram of Time
Dufourt - Quatuor de Saxophones
Xenakis - XAS
Simons - L’espoir
Donatoni - Rasch
Wilson - Atlantica

Amstel Saxophone Quartet

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Amstel Tracks

CD - Amstel Records, 001

Bach/van Klaveren - 2nd Cello Suite in d (Prelude, Sarabande, Gigue)
Franck - Prélude, Fugue et Variation
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 28 “Pastorale” (Andante)
Simons - Rocking Birds
Glass - Mishima (Award Montage, Body Building, Closing)
Pärt - Fratres
Nyman - The Piano Sings (Here to There, Sacrifice, Lost and Found)
Nyman - Songs for Tony I
Abou-Khalil - Arabian Waltz

Amstel Saxophone Quartet

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Marijn Simons: Symphony No. 2

iTunes album
℗ 2017 Composers Voice
Simons, Symphony No. 2
Limburg Symphony Orchestra
Ed Spanjaard, conductor

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Marijn Simons' official YouTube channel

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Smoking Mirror

Produced by Marijn Simons
Directed by Huub Bervoets and Leo Baeten
Edited by Huub Bervoets and Marijn Simons

Works performed in this film:
Smoking Mirror
Desert Garden
Sonata for an odd couple

Works in the Bonus Features:
SQ2, Mov3
The Fifth Sun

All music composed by Marijn Simons
Running time (excluding Bonus Features): ca. 64 minutes
The film "Smoking Mirror" was premiered on 6th October 2007 at the Parkstad Limburg Theater in Heerlen (The Netherlands).
PAL anamorphic widescreen 576i, Dolby Digital 2.0, region 0

Price: 10 euros excl. shipping costs


“[…] his music is pretty sophisticated, but it’s got a good sense of humor. It really crosses over into a lot of different genres of music. It’s very eclectic; there are jazz influences, a little bit of rock influences, great grooves.” - Marin Alsop (Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra)

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